Face Time: Angela Crum at CallisonRTKL

What drew you to a healthcare interior design career?

I accepted a position in a mixed-use/residential studio CRTKL before graduation but was asked to move into the crowded healthcare studio. I thought it would be a good learning experience for a few years, but it turned into a career that I am very excited about. The ability to create solutions with our clients that improve the efficiency and well-being of healthcare professionals as well as the lives of patients and their loved ones provides an unparalleled career goal.

What was your first healthcare project in your career?

It was the Archbishop’s Building of Southern Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This project, awarded as the first LEED Gold medical office building in Tulsa, featured an extensive art installation that I designed and detailed. It was inspired by Lewis and Clark magazines and the local flora and fauna. I layered my analog hand drawings with digital text in multiple opacities to reflect the transparency of the ink-filled pages, which come to life when three large hand-blown glass flowers unfold.

What lessons from this project are you carrying with you today?

At school, our project reviews were structured and formal. You presented your entire project from start to finish and then received critical feedback about your work from a series of jurors. I quickly learned that school presentations don’t feel like the real world. They are more communicative. I also realized that clients are not designers and they are fascinated (and sometimes frustrated) with creativity in the design process, so it’s important to speak briefly through your work, pause frequently, and be original.

Three healthcare projects you worked on during the year and your role

1 Main Line Health, Behavioral Health Unit, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, PA, Principal Designer and Principal Construction Officer.

Brian Mawr Behavioral Health

2 St. Francis Health, Warren Clinic, Owasso, Oklahoma, lead interior designer.

3 Main Line Health, Riddle Hospital Pavilion, Midea, Pennsylvania, lead interior designer.

About interior design trends

excellent: The focus on employee wellbeing after the pandemic is to prioritize the need for more “multi-purpose rooms” that are easily accessible to employees and can be used for personal comfort or to support new wellbeing initiatives such as one-to-one peer-to-peer training. It’s great to see health systems investing in environments that aren’t directly profitable but affect the bottom line.

shrug: Disposable compartment curtains. I understand their purpose is to prevent infection, but they create unnecessary medical waste and are clinically researched. There are more sophisticated ways to design around patient privacy, and if blinds are needed, there are fabric options that have easier ways to remove to support frequent replacement.

An unexpected item on your desk

Miniature replica of a Spanish fighting bull. It was a parting gift from a fellow CRTKL when she walked away and made me smile with her horns, furry black body, and pipe cleaner tail.

Out of the office, we’ll probably find you…

At home with two girls and a puppy working on the garden beds and the house in 1955 or on our farmhouse

You also have a creative collaboration blog, Crum-made, with your husband. How did it start?

My husband Ricky and I share an affinity for creative outlets and tend to say, “We can make it happen.” So we decided to start documenting our hobbies, including flint sewing, jewelry design, furniture upholstery, and home renovations. Our current endeavor to design and build is a small off-grid cabin for our farm.

What new habit have you picked up since the pandemic began?

We moved our Adirondack chairs out to the front yard so we could wave to all our daily walkers. (I’ve had a few conference calls from the front yard too.) We met many new people who have lived in the area for years. She even encouraged us to host a group party last year, which is now an annual event. We feel much more involved with our local community.

A morning person or a night owl?

night owl.

How did you make your first dollar?

My mother was a teacher, and we spent many summers in her classroom, so she mastered the lamination machine and began designing and installing bulletin boards for other teachers.

Karaoke song your go-to?

“Why Didn’t I Hear From You” by Reba McIntyre

The first album I ever bought.

Shania Twain “The Woman In Me” featuring “Any Man for Me” – a classic.

A cocktail of your choice?

A good margarita on ice or an IPA (local artisanal drink) mosaic community.

Your hidden talent?

I took baton lessons when I was a kid. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro at rotating the stick, but I have some great moves.

If you weren’t an interior designer, you would be…

Archaeologist. Many of my hobbies include searching for artifacts (arrowheads, fossils, shark teeth) in fields or streams.

You have an irrational fear of…

altitudes, and it gets worse as I get older. I used to be very brave and now standing near glass on the lofts or the roofs of my own projects is enough to make me uncomfortable.

favorite …

quotes “There is always room for Jell-O.” Joey Tribbiani on “Friends” (or so my Facebook profile of nearly 20 years has been saying).

movie character Will Ferrell in “Elf”.

Show to watch binge “New girl.” This show always makes me laugh I especially get attached to Jessica who is the most ridiculous song in everyday conversation.

Weekend activity Going to Lake Ray Hubbard near our house or on our farm to spend some time in nature.

Lake Ray Hubbard

guilt pleasure Reality TV Shows.

Have a snack when traveling Dry beef.

sports Fishing and college football.

Team Important collegiate, University of Texas Longhorns.

the book “The Great Divorce” by CS Lewis.

city ​​to visit Spearfish Canyon, SD It’s a hidden gem.

Spearfish Canyon

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